Hypertrophic Scars are a type of thick red scar that is raised from the surface of the skin. They are similar to keloid scars, except they do not extend outside of the original wound, like keloid scars do. Hypertrophic scars can also be very itchy. Their appearance tends to improve naturally over time and then can flatten out and become less uncomfortable.
What causes Hypertrophic Scars?
Hypertrophic scars form when there is an excessive production of collagen during wound healing. They tend to occur after traumatic injury that has penetrated into the deeper layers of the skin. Body piercing can result in hypertrophic scarring. There is also a genetic link to hypertrophic scarring.
Where can you get Hypertrophic Scars?
You can get hypertrophic scars anywhere there has been a traumatic injury.
Who can get hypertrophic scars?
Anyone can get hypertrophic scars, at any age.